Renowned Architecture Firms Design Their Models Using LEGO [Pics]

Renowned Architecture Firms Design Their Models Using LEGO [Pics]

WIRED sends thoughtful gifts to the world's top architects, hoping they would further demonstrate their design creativity.

Serena Chu
  • 1 november 2013

LEGOs are pretty much the all-time favorite when it comes to toys – adults think so too. A while back, the toy company LEGO introduced its Architecture Studio, a set of building blocks made specially for adults. In the box, you will find 1,200 white and translucent pieces, and a very much missing instruction manual.

To test the creativity of adults, Wired sent a set of Lego Architecture Studio to three world- renowned architects and waited for their one-of-a-kind design models to take shape.


Photo by Gregory Reid

Lego fanatic Gregg Pasquarelli, co-founder of SHoP Architects, jumped at the chance, and assembled a complex, futuristic cityscape immediately. Pasquarelli said his finished project drew inspiration from Metabolism, a social movement that infused the organic biological growth with architecture.

lego 4

Photo by Gregory Reid

The New York office of Snøhetta went on to create a structure that is a part-monument, part-sculpture, and part-boomerang. They wanted to stretch the constructive boundaries of the Lego pieces, both vertically and horizontally.

lego 2

Photo by Gregory Reid

Last but definitely not least, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill created…a block of ice. As the ice cube melted it revealed the inner tunnels and network of plastic tubes – very cool indeed. Originally, they wanted to construct the LEGO project with milk, but were worried the smell would be unbearable.

LEGO Architecture Studio

Via Wired


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